I don't know about you, but I've been wondering when the other shoe will drop. As you know I'm a believer (h/t The Monkees) in Paul Krugman's theory of creating meaningful jobs first in order to create a real demand to empower business success long term.
But that has not happened and doesn't look like it will for some reason, perhaps because it doesn't empower the people who are winning without empowering American economic success. The situation detailed below seems to be what is left for us to discover (suffer) long term (but will be unannounced by the mainstream media (MSM) just like the financial catastrophe of 2008 was until it is enveloping us (or so they will solemnly tell us). Short term for the PIIGS (Portugal, Iceland, Ireland, Greece and Spain), of course. But coming a bit longer term for everyone who does not call the shots.
March 11, 2012
The government is preparing to package and sell foreclosed homes. We do not know what discount to the current market there will be but you can guess it will be 20% or more. This event will cause home prices to trend lower dependent on whether the houses are put up for sale or rented. These homes will only be available to big buyers such as hedge funds and others with enormous amounts of capital. It is expected that the homes will be sold in lots of 5,000 to 10,000 and the minimum bid would be $1 billion.
This is corporatist fascists busy at work. You could call it the largest transfer of wealth from the private to the public sector in history. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could be sellers of 250,000 or more homes with more in the wings, perhaps another 250,000.
Can you image what further damage that would do to home prices? In the auction process the big winners will be the big NYC money center legacy banks, hedge funds and other mega investors. Others playing a big part will be management and marketing contractors that presently manage government properties. The owners and officers of these firms are former high-ranking government officials. The goal is to rent these residences, creating cash flow and then roll the bundles into REITS, real estate investment trusts. At that juncture the public can then participate as investors.
We have friends who are still alive that flew US bombers in WWII. We mention this because writing about Europe and the world financial and economic situation is like being in one of those bombers and you are being thrown around not being able to know when the next shock will hit.
All of Europe is tensing up and we see noncompliance in Greece, Portugal and again in Spain as the new PM Mariano Rajoy stands alone in his refusal of the dictates of the European commission by refusing to comply with austerity demands. He says he will ignore the deficit target of 4.4% of GDP for 2012 and has set his own target of 5.8%. that figure in 2011 was 8.5%. His plan should produce a 1.7% contraction in 2012. He said this is not the 1930s. Spain does not stand ready to be humiliated by the German Chancellor. We are at a point that we refuse to be the subject of heavy handed meddling. Remember, Spain is suffering the worst depression since the 1640s.
Ten years ago we can only remember one other European journalist exposing the scam that Goldman Sachs had pulled for Greece and Italy to falsely qualify them for euro zone membership. Everyone else looked the other way and now we found out that this is why both countries are in serious debt problems. Mind you, this was all done in secret but European insiders knew what was going on and looked the other way. They wanted the exports and for the euro zone to be the foundation for world government. Goldman disguised a $793 million loan as a derivative transaction.
Now the bill for the Greek government from Goldman is $6.8 billion. Goldman and the Greek politicians sold out the Greek people. That year Goldman made 12% of their revenues from Greece. Worse yet Greek authorities didn’t report the transaction to Eurostat. Simply put this deal was handled on both sides by criminals. Hopefully, as he has promised when elected, Mr. Samaras will investigate back to 1974 to see who broke the laws. That, of course, would include the mid-1980s when George Papandreau’s father was president and thoroughly looted the country of billions.
As we write we are still a day away from private investor acceptance of the debt swap such a debt swap is supposed to be neutral in as much as all it does is move up debt repayment on a more limited basis, but doesn’t recognize that under any circumstances Greece can never afford to pay it off. We understand that the Greek debt is a pittance in a worldwide sovereign debt market of $40 trillion, but it will in part affect the value of bonds issued in Europe, because of losses and contingent liability. Worse yet, the ECB tells us they can change the rules anytime they please.
The ECB has stated they are not taking any losses on these bonds. We wonder what will happen on March 20th when $18.4 billion in Greek debt comes due, which the Greeks cannot pay? Selling this and other PIIG debt is not going to be easy when the ECB has immunized itself from loss. This is as fragile as markets get. Waiting in the wings are five more countries in serious trouble. If Greece defaults, Ireland and Portugal will quickly follow. After that it is $4 trillion to bail out Spain and Italy. We suppose the Fed will provide those funds and inflation will rocket, unless, of course, the European economy collapses.
In the middle of all this is the financial nerve center, the ECB, which over a recent 10-week period has dumped $1.4 trillion into 800 banks courtesy of the Fed and the American taxpayer. The collateral for these 1%, 3-year loans, was piles of near worthless debt instruments. You could go so far as to call these liars loans.
What the Europeans in their socialist mindset have done has cast Europe, the UK and US into a cauldron that could take down the entire financial system. Few are thinking about the grinding nature of these years of financial and economic turmoil and the price it has cost Europe and will continually cost Europe. Europe and its Monarch bankers figure if they cannot fix or escape this calamity, they will take everyone else along with them as well. Both the ECB and the Fed have horrible balance sheets, but they could get worse.
The bottom line here is if the euro goes under, so could the pound, the US dollar and many other currencies. Remember, 60% of sovereign reserves are in US dollars. If the dollar falls they’ll be negativity impacted as well. After the $1.4 trillion Fed infusion bankers feel smug and comfortable again. We say, not so fast. This game is nowhere near over.
Greek orders for banks to join the debt swap have brought in Société Générale, France’s second biggest bank, Uni Credit Union and Assicurazioni Generali. Greece expects the bondholders to accept the offer, but if it fails the official sector will not finance Greece’s economic program, then Greece will have to restructure its debt. These are the same bankers who just borrowed billion, so they wouldn’t fall into bankruptcy. Supposedly these are the same lenders that will rekindle European growth. They know that is not the way it is going to happen when European debt is unpayable.
As the ship of the EU-euro zone heads for certain eventual disaster led by a group of 4 Bilderbergers all unelected, we have to ask ourselves how do these things happen? These are the same people, among others of their ilk that caused these problems in the first place. They all are alumni of Goldman Sachs, which was responsible for Mickey Mousing the balance sheets of Greece and Italy, which allowed them illegally to enter the euro zone. One world government was more important.
The same pattern is being laid out for the US and UK as is being formulated in place by Europe’s new overt fascists. Make no mistake about it this is where this is all headed. Your papers please.
Long ago we told the Greeks to take their money out of banks. Deposits have fallen $86.3 billion since the beginning of the crisis in 2009, or more than three years ago. Only $16 billion was sent abroad, mainly to England. The rest has been used to tide over families over the past few years. Half the shops in the country are closed, unemployment is more than 20% and over 50% for the young. What would you do? Probably the same thing.
As all this transpires, Turkey has told Greece that unless the Cyprus negotiations improve, Northern Cyprus could be annexed by the peace-loving Turks, all thought by some to be the original Bararian horde.
If the euro breaks apart Germany is trapped. They will be owed $650 billion by members of a defunct system. From this point of view the euro has to be saved, but can it be at this late stage? That is why the Fiskalpakt, which is a legally binding agreement, has to be signed by its members ASAP. This pact makes it quite clear that once in you cannot escape. If the German government signs the ESM this summer, it will be in breach of its Constitution. All of Europe will need financing for years to come. Then again isn’t that what the Fed is for?
Germany has not run out of insults for the Greeks, nor have the Greeks for the Germans. The Germans tell us they have run out of patience, and their attitude on whether the Greeks could break up the euro zone has become a background issue.
All the Germans see in Greece is graft, corruption and racketeering. Even with passage of the next bailout Greece cannot reach the dictates of the EU. Private debt written down to 120% of GDP is meaningless, because debt cannot be serviced or eliminated. In January, Greek revenues fell 4.9% and spending rose 8%. As we see it the exercise at its worst is a charade.
Observing BBC, CNBC and Bloomberg TV’s, all we see over and over again is a one-sided story. Then the “independent” paid for voices are heard telling us what a wonderful job their fellow illuminists have done. This is paid for overwhelming propaganda. We see it as an ongoing litany of lies.
Nowhere do we see mentioned that the euro zone collectively needs to borrow $2.7 trillion over the next two years. Pray tell where is that going to come from? The young may be out of work, but they are not stupid. They know all the debt is unpayable, so they won’t make any kind of deal and that is why you saw more demonstrations in Barcelona last week.
European leadership generally believes the debt crisis is over. Contagion that has been building for many years is not going to disappear overnight. Take Italy, Mario Monte has just supposedly saved. Wait until politics come back into play in the near future.
Everyone is waiting for a restoration of confidence for Europe and we do not see that anywhere. How can there be confidence even with a Greek deal when it cannot be fulfilled? It doesn’t solve Greece’s problems, only extends them and what happens when the new government comes into power in May? They’ll renegotiate the deal, or in that process the deal blows up. Greece, even under the new deal, cannot perform.
The public won’t participate. Let’s say the current bailout holds within two years, Greece will need more money. It will be back to negotiations again along with even more debt. What can Greece do about the deflationary debt spiral – it has been put into by EU members? Exactly nothing, except beg for more money. Will all those other countries be happy with higher taxes and austerity, which will severely damage growth and employment?
Europe won’t be out of the woods for years. That liquidity provided for by the Fed and the ECB if used only in part could last a year or two. If it sits back at the ECB like American banks have done it will remain sterilized and virtually useless. It may back banks assets, but if not used it is useless to the economies. They averted an outright collapse, but they are not going to avoid a wider crisis. This is because there has been no purging of the banking system, nor has there been an effort to revitalize the economies. The banks and the governments are simply zombies only interested in survival.
This is so they can keep control over the people.
The approach chosen by central banks will lead to ever deteriorating economic conditions that are already in the process of spreading worldwide. As classical economics tells us, the system has to be purged. Delaying it only makes it worse and continues to keep these banker criminals in power.